Over the last months, I have been initiating a worm composting project in our highrise community in Edinburgh. I found a very enthusiastic supporter in Jenni Marrow, the chair of the Muirhouse Community Council, who managed to get a waste recycling grant from Edinburgh Council for this pilot project.
Unfortunately, Jenni died in the middle of May, the funeral was pretty big with about 120 or so attendants. However, Jenni worked hard for so many more people – she pretty much single-handedly managed to derail the privatisation of social housing in Edinburgh by campaigning hard against the stock transfer which had a multi-million pound PR project, and she won against them.
It is a big shock for everybody in the community, especially as the Muirhose Community Council will now be much less active as Jennis best friend also had to leave the group because of health problems.
The worm composting project is therefore delayed till the middle of August or so. I am looking forward to it, always wanted to try it out but the materials are so expensive.
The advantage of composting with worms is that it can be done indoors, it’s much quicker than composting in the garden and it should produce high-quality compost and liquid fertiliser for gardeners. Apart from that, it saves organic material from going into the rubbish bin. Worms can also digest materials not compostable in outdoor compost bins, like bread, pasta, rice, food leftovers and similar.